"Lost Horizon" provides its reading, and cinema audiences with an introduction to the prospect of a heavenly paradise welcoming survivors of an aircraft disaster into a Himalayan valley. The Lama of the monastery is a Belgian Catholic priest, Father Perrault...the film needs some thirty minutes to set up the characters before the story begins to unfold...The film was a box office failure on its release in 1937. The cinema critics of that time wrote that the production was too deep, and mature for popular entertainment value. When television began broadcasting the film during the 1950s an appreciation of its deep spiritual value has transformed this failed production, into a classic much appreciated by many seeking spiritual nourishment.
The film is slow moving but worth spending two hours patiently absorbing its message...